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Stories by Mario Salazar

Mario Salazar is a combat infantry Vietnam Vet, world traveler, renaissance reconnaissance man, pacifist, metal smith, glass artisan, computer programmer and he has a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering. Now retired from the Environmental Protection Agency and living in Montgomery County, Mario will share with you his life, his thoughts, his musing on living in yet another century of change. He will also try to convey his joy of being old.

‘Parenthood’ brings real family to TV

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., March 17, 2014 — The 1989 film “Parenthood” was a success, and it gave way to the NBC series of the same name in 1990. While acclaimed by the critics, it was cancelled after only 12 episodes. Actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the cast, and they, as well ...

Conquering the paper monster in your home office

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., February 13, 2014 – Let’s assume that you started reading this article because you believe going paperless in your home office is a good idea. You may have environmental concerns about the waste you produce and the resources used in making the mountains of paper you receive. You may also find it ...

Armed and dangerous: Stand your ground turns man into Judge Dredd

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., February 12, 2014 — Two recent shootings in Florida have resulted in the deaths of two young men. In both cases, stand your ground will be used as the defense for the shooters. In one case, an elderly, retired police officer shot a young father after an argument about texting. During the ...

The Keystone Pipeline, a losing proposition for environmentalists

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., February 7, 2014 – A recent report using data from the University of Toronto on the emissions from the oil sands in Canada indicates that they are significantly higher than has been predicted. The report mentions aromatic hydrocarbons as some of the dangerous substances being emitted. This is of special interest to ...

Coca Cola and America’s rage – Why this land is all of our land

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., February 5, 2014 – Nearing the end of the first half of the massacre originally labeled as the Superbowl, an ad by Coca Cola featured America the Beautiful sang in different languages. It didn’t take long for the social media to start spouting venom about the ad. Many believed this treatment of ...

How can we interpret the second amendment?

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., January 30, 2014 – One of the most polarizing subjects in American politics is the one dealing with the possession of fire arms. The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear ...

Pot should be legal because the cost of not doing so is too high

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2011 — College life in the 1960’s and 1970’s was saturated with marijuana. There was almost no place where one could go, outside of classrooms, where the stuff was not being smoked.  Most of us believed it was a good social alternative to alcohol and did it in moderation, or not at all. ...